Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, and Moree Plains Shire Council Project Engineer Greg Fisher discussing plans for the new 600-metre shared pathway to be built in Boggabilla.
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
BOGGABILLA residents will soon be able to get pedalling, with a new 600 metre shared pathway to link up Boggabilla’s Sportsground with the Newell Highway – connecting major facilities in the town and improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall was in the northern border town recently, walking along the route with some of the project team from Moree Plains Shire Council.
The construction of the new $166,200 pathway is being funded by the NSW Government through the Walking and Cycling program.
“This 600-metre shared pathway will make it easier, faster and safer than ever before to access the nearby petrol station from the town’s sportsground,” Mr Marshall said.
“During rugby league games the town’s service station becomes a regular destination for many young people, who after rain, are often pushed onto the highway by muddy conditions.
“This pathway will ensure that players and spectators will be able to more safely grab a snack or sports drink – ensuring they can compete with the opposition, not 40 tonne trucks.”
The route runs alongside the Newell Highway towards the petrol station, linking up the oval, tennis courts and Town and Country Club. Minimal pedestrian bottlenecks past this point mean the remaining journey to the CBD is without issue. The 2.5 metre wide pathway will run off-road alongside the highway, providing a safe buffer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Mr Marshall said the investment comes off the back of a booming sports culture in the town.
“Over the last couple of years, use of the field in Boggabilla has seen an incredible resurgence and young players and spectators are flooding to the ground once more,” he said.
“The addition of an off-road cycleway will give young people more options when travelling around town.
“This year the region will see $407,060 in new paths and crossings to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety across the Northern Tablelands. Every new metre of pathway not only improves safety for our region’s young people – but encourages exercise and reduced vehicle use.”
Moree Plains Shire Council will commence design works for the pathway shortly with the works scheduled to be completed before the end of the year, with Mayor Katrina Humphries identifying the project as a longstanding priority for pedestrian safety.
“These priority upgrades will make sure that young and old will be able to more safely access the petrol station without relying on a car,” Cr Humphries said.
“Rugby league has really united the town of Boggabilla; it’s excellent to see the growing sense of community, and sporting facilities being used once again. This pathway will help that continue through ensuring pedestrian safety.”